CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)—Barangay or local officials with irregularities on Social Amelioration Package (SAP) distribution may face administrative and/or criminal charges per Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-10.
“Kung naa kita’y mga barangay officials, local officials nga atong mahibaw-an nga tinuod ang reklamo nga ang ilang gipangpili nga mga beneficiaries are not qualified to receive the said SAP nga assistance, they will be facing administrative and/or criminal cases nga ipasaka nato kontra sa ilaha,” DILG-10 Regional Director Arnel Agabe said during the NorMin COVID-19 Response Task Force Press Conference, May 5.
(If we learn that there is truth on the complaints on choosing unqualified SAP beneficiaries of barangay or local officials, they will be facing administrative and/or criminal cases that we will file against them)
Agabe further said an instruction was already given by DILG Sec. Eduardo Año to refer either to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) or to the Philippine National Police (PNP) any issue on irregularities, anomalies in the SAP distribution.
Such incidents will not be tolerated and sanctions will be given to corrupt officials even during the coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 pandemic.
DILG-10 will look into and pursue administrative cases against corrupt local officials that may lead to their suspension and dismissal from public office.
The President has also offered a P30,000 reward to any person who will give information that will lead to the arrest of these corrupt local officials. (RTP/PIA10)